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Gay Activists to Use Protests of Arizona Victim’s Funeral as Anti-Violence Fundraiser

January 10, 2011 By: jaysays Category: Headline

Jude Stevens, jaysays.com author, converses with WBC in San Antonio, Texas

Jude Stevens, jaysays.com author, converses with WBC in San Antonio, Texas

The Westboro Baptist Church (“WBC”), under the guidance of the Reverend Fred Phelps, has dedicated substantial time and resources in making the United States a living hell.  Not only has the church spread hate-filled messages against the LGBTQ community to the masses, they have also attacked the United States as a whole because of its tolerance for LGBT people and failure to eradicate homosexuality.

Over the past several years, the WBC has gained notoriety for pickets of soldiers’ funerals.  Now, in an effort to spread more hate and support violent action against Americans, the WBC has announced their intention to picket the funerals of those murdered in Saturday’s shooting at the Safeway in Tucson, Arizona.

LGBTQ people have followed the workings of the WBC closely, often finding unique ways to counter their pro-hate message.  It’s no surprise that the LGBT advocacy group, Progressive Approach, has stepped up to the plate.  The organization will be hosting a “Phelps-A-Thon” to counter-protest the WBC picket.  The purpose of the “Phelps-A-Thon” is to raise many for the Anti-Violence Project of Southern Arizona, thereby helping a cause contrary to the message of the WBC.  The organizers will be collecting pledges online for every minute WBC pickets the funeral.

Director of Phelps-A-Thon.com, Chris Mason, had this to say:

I believe everyone has the right to free speech, but protesting these funerals is beyond wrong, it is disgusting. A lot of people are angry with this and have emailed, asking us to do something. We feel this is an appropriate response to such hatred; while the Westboro Baptist Church is celebrating violence, they will also be raising funds to fight it.

We send our best wishes and support to the organizers.  May peace always triumph.

Tea Party Opponent of Gabrielle Giffords Called to Remove her by Shooting M16s

January 08, 2011 By: jaysays Category: Featured, Hate Crimes

This morning Arizona Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman at a Safeway grocery store during a Congress at your Corner event. Prior to that, Tea Partier Sarah Palin had placed the congressperson on a “target” list for removal, noting on a map the congresspersons location with a gun site as more fully reported on by Andrew Sullivan.

In June, 2010, Republican Jesse Kelly, the Tea Party supported opponent of Gabrielle Griffords for the congressional seat, posted the following upcoming events on his Facebook page:

Shoot an M16 with Jesse Kelly

To clarify, the event held on June 12, 2010, was to remove Gabrielle Giffords from office by shooting “a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.”

While details on the shooter are still sketchy, such irresponsible calls to remove people by learning to shoot a gun or placing gun sites on their location surely have some responsibility in the idea that violence is an acceptable way to confront political difference.

Gabrielle Giffords is a supporter of pro-equality measures, including, but not limited to: hate crimes legislation, employment non-discrimination policies, and the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.  Our hearts and thoughts go out to her and her family.